There is of course, pop nostalgia, and a whole lot of drug humor, because, well, Seth Rogen, but it's a treat to see him back as the unlikely romantic lead, and to see the softer side of Theron, even as she remains in a powerful role. Sterling and Hannah put this particular gender dynamic — with a powerful female politician and a male "Marilyn" (as Fred dubs himself) — to work, upending regressive beliefs about politicians and sex. Why should sex be shameful? Politicians are people, too. The film also carefully threads the needle on the ways in which Charlotte's gender informs her work (and her compromises), and unpacks the sexist beliefs that permeate society and systems of power. It's also refreshing that "Long Shot" places monied special interests and biased media conglomerates squarely in its sights, and it does not hold back.